The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 19, 2012

A tribute to the late Ben Carlisle

Charles B Godwin

TARBORO — To the Editor:

Today, I am stricken with grief not only from the situation in Newtown, Conn., but, by the loss in my home town of Ben Carlisle.  Mr. Carlisle was one of the kindest and most gentle people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  He and his wife, Louise, raised three great children, Louise, Sally, and Sam.  They all inherited the goodness and kindness of their parents.  As a graduate of Tarboro High School who owes his education to one of those children, Louise, I know firsthand of the great loss to the town of Tarboro.  As a classmate, Louise, the daughter, tutored me through senior English, ensuring my graduation.  Her kindness to me was exemplary of Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle’s teaching.  I as a classmate always felt comfortable just knocking on their door and having a visit not only with the children, but, also with Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle.  They always seemed to have time for the kids of Tarboro and made us feel welcome.  I feel blessed having known the Carlisle’s and the many adults of Tarboro who were their age and their friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle and those friends taught my generation the difference between right and wrong and they lived by example.  Ben Carlisle will be sorely missed by many, but, I will think of him every time I see the name Carlisle Funeral Home and my friend Melton Caison, who today carries on the good name of that business.  I have lived all over the United States and never once have I ever thought that when my time comes anyone other than Carlisle Funeral Home would take care of me.  

Charles B. Godwin